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Air Force Cutting 13.5K Jobs By Next Year

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Federal Times is reporting the Air Force is set to cut 2,100 civilian positions through restructuring and workforce reshaping at the Air Force Materiel Command.

It plans to cut 13,500 positions by Oct. 1, 2012. This is all part of the Air Force’s broader effort to reduce and reshape its workforce.

Brig. Gen. Gina Grosso, the Air Force’s director of manpower, organization and resources, said current management, staff and support positions are on the chopping block.

She added that while cost savings is the primary reason for the overhaul, the Air Force also decided it needed to shift civilian positions to fill vacancies in priority areas of acquisition, nuclear operations, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

According to Grosso, the service will hire 5,900 civilian employees to work in these and other priority areas. She also noted if the deficit reduction supercommittee can’t reach a deal, about $1.2 trillion in cuts will automatically go into effect starting January 2013.

Federal Times reports that if those cuts started in January, the Pentagon’s estimated share could be as much as $1 trillion over the next decade.

AFMC Commander Gen. Donald Hoffman said in a statement, “In these times of tight budgets, our success will depend on a fundamental change in culture across the command. This is an opportunity to do things better and replace a culture of perceived endless money with one of efficiency, savings and restraint.”

AFMC says it would save $109 million a year through restructuring while the Air Force is looking to save $33.3 billion over the next five years through restructuring.

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